Beta Brain - Ghost: Not The Harmless, Lost-Soul Type

By Paula January 28, 2015 English No comments yet


A new vulnerability has been discovered in the glibc library. Yeah, I know… and you are telling us this because…?
All Unix-like operating systems typically have a C library. The GNU C library, known as glibc, is a C library that provides macros, type definitions, and functions for tasks like mathematical calculations, input/output processing, memory allocation and several other operating system services.

GHOST (which, turns out, is not an acronym for “Gnarly and Highly Original Security Threat”) is a “buffer overflow” bug that allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code, through the gethostbyname() function call in the glibc library.
Blah, Blah, Blah… What does this mean for you?

Have your server administrator check what version of glibc is currently installed. Any version prior to 2.18 must be updated immediately. You can also check Debian, Fedora and/or Red Hat’s security updates on their sites.

If you have any questions please contact the Beta Brain support team. We’ll be happy to help you. If you don’t have any questions but would like to have coffee please call us as well.

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